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Indigo Girls To Appear Live At AMC’s Icon Honors Gala During July Market

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The iconic duo Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) will take the ICON HONORS 2017 stage on Thursday, July 13 in an exclusive performance capping the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. The private concert—staged at the world-renowned Fox Theatre—is the closing crescendo in the ICON HONORS celebration, which will again see a sell-out audience of Finalists, Honorees and guests in attendance to applaud superior achievement from across the home and gift landscape. ICON HONORS is produced by AmericasMart Atlanta in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media, and in association with the industry foundation Gift For Life. Together Saliers and Ray write, arrange, record and perform music which over the course of twenty-five years has become a vital part of the lives of their legion of devoted fans around the world, informing and rewarding them day to day. With twelve original studio albums, three live records, various Greatest Hits compilations, a Rarities and a Christmas record to their credit, the iconic duo continues to challenge itself creatively, over and over again, adding to a body of work that contains such contemporary classic songs as “Galileo,” “Shame on You,” “Closer To Fine,” “Kid Fears,” “Love of Our Lives,” “Making Promises,” “Get out the Map,” “Moment of Forgiveness,” “Least Complicated” and “Go.” After numerous Grammy nominations, awards and gold and platinum certifications, and decades of touring in clubs, arenas and everything in between, Indigo Girls remain active and relevant, always viewing their music as a fresh opportunity for exploration and discovery.   “The native talent and transcendent appeal of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray is a global phenomenon,” notes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of ICON HONORS producer AmericasMart Atlanta. “The Indigo Girls define a genre of music that is timeless and captivating. That they emerged from Atlanta’s music culture to the world stage and continue to call this city home makes Emily’s and Amy’s appearance on our ICON HONORS stage all the more relevant and exciting,” Portman adds. The ICON HONORS 2017 celebration is the premier event of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®. The event will take place on Thursday, July 13. Please visit for more...

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IMC’s Olson Receives Business Award

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International Market Center announced that Senior Vice President of Marketing Karen Olson has received an Outstanding Women in Business Award from Triad Business Journal in Greensboro, N.C. In its 18th year, the awards program not only recognizes women who are standouts in the business community, but who also are deeply committed to and engaged with their communities and the region as a whole. “Karen Olson is a talented and valued member of our management team who is known for her business acumen and her marketing savvy,” says Bob Maricich, Chief Executive Officer of International Market Centers (IMC). “She is so deserving of this honor and we are pleased to see her recognized with this award.” Olson heads the IMC marketing teams for both the High Point Market and Las Vegas Market, including brand marketing, creative and digital media team, public relations, corporate communications, retail relations and call center functions. She has been with IMC for six years and was previously the VP of Marketing for Merchandise Mart Properties, and the Director of Marketing for Retail Systems Alert Group. Each of the Women in Business Award honorees will be featured in a special issue of Triad Business Journal that will be published on April 28. The award recipients also will be recognized at an awards luncheon April 27 at the Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport, with details and tickets available at...

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Nourison To Unveil Antique-Inspired Collections At Spring High Point

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Nourison will be launching antique-inspired motifs with the Cordoba and Delmar Collections, a limited edition collection with fine artist Lida Sherafatmand, and a selection of One-of-a-Kind rugs at Spring 2017 High Point Market. The Cordoba features antique-inspired motifs with geometric and botanical designs, and Delmar introduces ornamental, old world designs in vivid colors. The limited edition collaboration with Lida Sherafatmand is created from her original paintings, infusing surrealism with floral motifs. The hand-knotted One-of-a-Kind rugs will feature abstract and antique designs in saturated colors of fuchsia and teal, and neutral tones of ivory, grey, and blue. The space-dyed Interlock Collection will also be introduced, with an oversized diamond design and textured loop pile. The Fifty to Infinity custom rug program is supported with a new portable Sample Box with twenty-five rug samples that will be displayed at High Point Market. The Fifty to Infinity program offers high quality broadloom styles in fifty area rug sizes and shapes, with a choice of squares, rounds, rectangles, octagons and runners, accent sized and oversized. Mina Victory Home Accents will be previewing a new collection of animal-themed pillows, including dogs and cats with gold sequin embroidery and illustration details. Textured cotton pillows with boho motifs will include tassels and metallic sequin embellishments....

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Feizy Announces Special Events For High Point Market

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In addition to an exciting line up of new collections and special promotions, Feizy is celebrating designers with special events during the upcoming High Point Market, including daily breakfast, lunch and 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour as well as the following in Suite 145 at Market Square: A Celebration of One-Of-A-Kind Artistry Sat. April 22: All Day Feizy produces and procures some of the world’s most ornate and exquisite one-of-a-kind (OAK) rugs. Sometimes taking up to four artisans as long as six months, working side-by-side, to produce one piece, each rug is a treasured piece of art. Like a snowflake, no two are exactly alike. Feizy will be featuring an extended and assorted collection of these rare, one-of-a-kind rugs in a gallery-type experience, including education on rug regions, techniques, construction and more. Iconic Reveal Happy Hour Sun. April 23: 4 to 6 PM Feizy is unveiling its Most Iconic running line designs as well as the Most Popular, Designer Favorite, Most Versatile and Most Luxurious. The winning designs will be showcased in the showroom. Designers and customers are invited to vote on their favorite Feizy designs using the online survey. Media + Mimosas Mon. April 24: 10 to 11 AM Feizy is hosting a panel of industry experts to showcase the importance of social media, public relations and blogging in the design industry. The panelists include Erika Ward, Principal Designer of Erika Ward Interiors, Sarah Parker Young, Public Relations Expert, and Taylor Toledo, Director of Marketing for the Kerrie Kelly Companies, and will be moderated by Lighting & Decor Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Bowling. Guests can expect takeaways like best practices for social media, the ways PR adds visibility, the importance of being in a trade publication and how designers can take matters into their own hands with blogging and content...

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High Point Market Adds Exhibitors For Spring Market

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One of the most iconic buildings at the High Point Market, Showplace is adding new sources to its impressive lineup for the Spring show, April 22-26, 2017. Art Point (Show 2314), Steven Shell (Show 2340), and GTR Leather (Show 3605) are now part of the centrally located building, just steps away from the Market’s Transportation Terminal. “Showplace is really at the heart of the High Point Market,” says Julie Messner, Senior Vice President of Furniture and Home Décor Leasing for International Market Centers (IMC). “The visually stunning building is home to a broad selection of rugs, wall art, decorative accessories, upholstery, leather, case goods, juvenile products, and more. We’re excited to have new sources join our anchor tenants that include American Leather, Four Hands, Furniture Classics, Home Trends & Design, Jaipur, Rowe, Steve Silver, Sunpan Modern Home and Surya.” Bridging modern and traditional, Showplace has earned its reputation as a key destination for top retailers, designers and buyers in High Point. The building, covering more than 600,000 square feet, provides a diverse array of product offerings in one location and covers all price points. Expanded/relocated Showplace showrooms for Spring include Southern Sky Home (Show 2312) and Uwharrie Chair (Show 3446). In addition to traditional furniture, Showplace also is known for presenting a wide selection of outdoor products, and buyers this month will see expanded lines and collections from companies such as Agio, Gloster, The Hammock Source, Panama Jack, Pelican Reef and Telescope. Buyers can also enjoy complimentary refreshments at Showplace, sponsored by IMC-DesignOnHPMkt, including:  Showplace Complimentary Buyer’s Breakfast  Sat-Wed. 8:30-9:30am in the Showplace Atrium  Sunset on 3  Sat.-Tues. 5:00-7:00pm, on the 3rd Floor Balcony, with complimentary beer, wine and passed hors d’oeuvres. For a complete listing of High Point Market exhibitors and showroom locations, visit: and click on “find exhibitors” in the drop-down menu. Spring High Point Market runs from Saturday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 26. Showroom hours are 8am-7pm Saturday-Tuesday; and 8am-5pm on Wednesday. To register: Find accommodations: Take advantage of the free airport shuttle service:; and more, visit:

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Vegas Market Announces Collaboration With ASD For August Market

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Las Vegas Market and ASD Market Week today announced a third consecutive TWO FOR TUESDAY collaboration – on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, in Las Vegas – bringing together the collective resources of two major tradeshows and thousands of resources.  The TWO FOR TUESDAY cooperation provides buyers with free and continuous shuttle service between the two exhibit venues – the Las Vegas Convention Center and World Market Center Las Vegas – as well as free access to both wholesale markets. “By partnering with Las Vegas Market, we are pleased to be able to offer buyers even more value and choices by attending two unique markets in Las Vegas,” said Camille Candella, Vice President Marketing, Emerald Expositions.  “ASD is known as the international marketplace to find trendy and quality merchandise. Through the collaboration of these industry-leading shows, buyers will get an even better return on their trip to Las Vegas this summer, as well as exposure to new vendors and merchandise categories.” Las Vegas Market features lifestyle-oriented and design-driven gift and home décor products across all price points. Together, the two events present more than 6,800 unique resources for buyers.  Minimal overlap between ASD’s exhibitors and Las Vegas Market’s showrooms and temporary exhibits create an unparalleled incremental buying opportunity for global retailers across differentiated, but related, categories. “Since we launched TWO FOR TUESDAY in 2015, it has been well-received by Las Vegas Market buyers and suppliers as an added benefit at no additional cost,” said Dorothy Belshaw, President of Gift Leasing & Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “We are pleased to continue our cooperation with ASD to give our buyers access to more resources and to expose our exhibitors to new channels of distribution.” Show dates and hours for each of the two markets follow: ASD Market Week – July 30-August 2, 2017 (Sunday-Wednesday) Las Vegas Convention Center July 30 – August 2, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM August 3, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM LAS VEGAS MARKET – July 30-August 3, 2017 (Sunday-Thursday) World Market Center Las Vegas Permanent Showrooms & Casual Temporaries (Sunday-Thursday): July 30 – August 2, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM August 3, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Gift & Home Décor Temporaries (Sunday-Wednesday): July 30, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM July 31, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM August 1, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM August 2, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM B2 Home Furnishings Temporaries (Sunday-Thursday): July 30 – August 2, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM August 3, 9:00 AM – 2:00...

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Capel Rugs Expands Licensing Program

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Capel Rugs is adding five new collections to its popular Kevin O’Brien and WILLIAMSBURG® lines at High Point Market, April 22 to 26, as part of an ongoing expansion of its fast-growing licensing program. In addition, Capel Rugs is expanding its High Point Market selections with an assortment of fresh styles, constructions and price points at its showroom located at Historic Market Square, Space 112. “While our latest introductions feature a wide range of colors, constructions and style themes this market, the one element all our new products have in common is value,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs. “From our new machine made designs at the lower end to our hand tufted, 100% New Zealand wool offerings, everything we’re showing this market represents an exceptional value.” During market, Capel Rugs will introduce two new Kevin O’Brien rug collections — Leopard and Woodgrain. Both rugs are Wilton-woven, machine made designs constructed of 100% olefin. Leopard features an animal-inspired pattern in charcoal and beige colorways. Woodgrain simulates the look of a classic woodgrain pattern with its design, which is available in three colorways — gold, light grey and charcoal. A 5′ 3″ x 7′ 6″ rug in each of the new collections may retail for $399. “We’re very excited about these latest additions to our Kevin O’Brien rug offering,” said Capel. “Kevin always brings such an original eye to his designs, combining his unique skills as an artist with his deep knowledge of technique and craftsmanship to create innovative contemporary designs with a lively palette and very distinctive patterning.” Also being expanded this market is Capel Rugs’ best-selling WILLIAMSBURG® line of “Trend Meets Tradition” designs. Introductions include a new flat woven design called Palace Fret, and two new hand knots — Isobel and Thompson Ikat. All three designs feature jute. “Jute is an exciting new construction for WILLIAMSBURG®,” said Capel. “Contrary to what is typically offered, these jute rugs are surprisingly soft, which adds another dimension to their appeal.” Capel Rugs’ new Isobel collection is based on an endpaper with an exuberant floral pattern from the Colonial Williamsburg archives. Endpapers were often used in the 17th and 18th centuries to decorate the inside covers and first and last pages of prized books. Marbled papers were extremely popular, although geometric shapes, fantastic birds, floral touches and mythical creatures often were featured as well. Hand knotted in India of 100% jute, the new Isobel collection is available in gunsmith grey, oasis blue, garnet and cream colorways. Sizes include: 3’6” x 5’6”, 5’ x 8’, 8’ x 10’ and 9’ x 12’. A 5’ x 8’ rug may retail for $699. Also new this market, Capel Rugs’ Palace Fret collection is a fresh interpretation of a classic Chinese key design. The rug takes its cue from carving on a chair rail molding in the Supper Room of the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg. The design, hand woven in India of a cotton-and-jute blend into a durable flat woven rug that is reversible, makes an eye-catching accent in any room. Available in amber slate, chiswell blue and bracken cream colorways, sizes include 3’ x 5’, 5’ x 8’, 8’ x 10’ and 9’ x 12’. A 5’ x 8’ rug may retail for $299. The third addition to Capel Rugs’...

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AmericasMart Celebrates 60th Staging Of July Market With Digital Focus

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AmericasMart® Atlanta will transform the conventional U.S. Market experience this July with a newly imagined show aesthetic linking product sourcing and selling, digital engagement and high-profile thought leader interaction featuring digital media visionary Erik Qualman and a large cast of international design tastemakers from television and cinema. The 60th-annual staging of the July 11 – 18 Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® is set to leverage original broadcast media programming and globally celebrated talent against a backdrop of AmericasMart’s incomparable product mix, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr. vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. “For all those choosing do business with us here this summer, the July Market experience will be both evolutionary and revolutionary,” notes Portman. “They will find a show environment both familiar and unexpectedly new in a media- and information-rich setting that integrates traditional product pursuit with immediate access to highly relevant new-and-next ideas, insights and business knowledge from internationally celebrated voices of huge influence,” he adds. The July Market is on track to accelerate the momentum posted in the Atlanta January 2017 Market’s record-breaking run, marking 60 years of continuous Portman Family ownership and management. Additional highlights of the July 2017 Market experience include: “The Great Reset,” AmericasMart’s newest Vignette Exhibition, featuring top lifestyle and design digital influencers manifesting four distinct trends for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 as defined by international trend authority A complete Marketplace with trend-driven temporary categories augmenting the permanent collections including ANTIQUES and DÉCOR | Light and Lifestyles in Building 1, an expanded Tabletop & Entertaining exhibit in Building 2, and reorganized Holiday, Halloween, Floral & Baskets and Cash & Carry Jewelry in Building The centerpiece of the July Market, AmericasMart’s ICON HONORS 2017 celebrates professional achievements of home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers at the most important and anticipated night in the gift and home industry on Thursday, July 13. For more information, please visit The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market runs Tuesday, July 11 – Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (Temporaries Thursday, July 13 – Monday, July 17). The Atlanta International Area Rug Market is Wednesday, July 12 – Sunday, July 16, 2017. For more information, visit...

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Designer Seminar Series To Debut At High Point Market

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The three-building complex known as Hamilton, located in the heart of the Hamilton Wrenn design district, is debuting a free designer seminar series for the Spring High Point Market, April 22-26, 2017. Headlined by the iconic designer Candice Olson, the seminars will be held in a gorgeous new venue at 200 North Hamilton, in partnership with Alden Parkes, that will also include a lounge where buyers can relax and recharge in between their appointments. Lunch will be served daily and refreshments will be served at every seminar. “Hamilton, which includes 200, 320, and 330 North Hamilton, is an essential design destination at High Point Market that offers runway-worthy goods for the home,” says Julie Messner, Senior Vice President of Furniture and Home Décor Leasing for International Market Centers (IMC). “This market, 200 Hamilton will also be the site for CEU-accredited seminars to help educate buyers and grow their businesses, making it an even more important stop for marketgoers.” While in the Hamilton Wrenn district, attendees can explore the many resources including newcomer Palatial Furniture and returning exhibitor Artistica as well as new collections from Alden Parkes, Councill Furniture, French Accents, Resource Décor, Stanley and more. The nine free CEU-accredited seminars include: April 21, 1pm – Colormix 2017 Color Forecast with Sherwin-Williams. This course will take the participant on a visual journey with stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research that supports the 2017 forecast for color and design trends. (.1 CEU) April 21, 4pm – Photographing Your Beautiful Spaces by expert interiors photographer Bert VanderVeen. VanderVeen Photographer’s Bert VanderVeen explains the ins-and-outs of hiring the right photographer, how to get what you need from your photographer, and how to make your projects’ photos magazine-worthy. (.1 CEU) April 22, 1pm – 2017 Color, Material, and Surface Trends by color marketing guru Kathy Andersson. She will provide expert insight on color choices, surface applications, and materials influencing tomorrow’s consumers, as well as costly pitfalls to avoid when making design decisions. (.1 CEU) April 22, 4pm – Furniture Development: And Insiders Look from Inspiration to Creation by product developer and interior designer Suzanne Kreiser. An informative “behind the scenes” look into today’s furniture development trends and inspirations, and how the perfect blend of materials, colors, and textures are chosen to create these masterpieces. (.1 CEU) April 23, 11am – The Art of Wallcoverings: A Discussion with Candice Olson. Incorporating all aspects of using the luxury of wallcoverings to enhance, and ultimately elevate spaces and your bottom line, will be discussed in this broad ranging seminar with one of America’s favorite designers, Candice Olson. (.1 CEUs) April 23, 1pm – Passion for Leather: Use Leather with Confidence in Your Design Projects by designer Corey Damon Jenkins, and Leathercraft’s David Sigmon and Tara Boyd. An informative seminar about the role of leather in today’s marketplaces and the advantages of using leather for home interiors, as well as specifying the correct type of leather based on environmental factors and performance needs. (.1 CEU) April 24, 9am – How to Grow Your Business with Self-Publishing by interior designer and retail store owner Shay Geyer. Shay will discuss how you can turn your brand into a household name with your own magazine instead of battling for limited features in trade publications. (.1 CEU) April 24, 4pm –...

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Salon Exhibit Space Expanded For April High Point

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Top design destination SALON, located in Suites at Market Square, is known for promoting the hidden gems of market – new sources that are tomorrow’s trend leaders. This Spring, SALON is adding even more must-see exhibitors to its lineup for High Point Market, April 21-26, 2017. “SALON is THE hottest location at market for new trends and exciting design-focused companies,” says Julie Messner, Senior Vice President of Furniture and Home Décor Leasing for International Market Centers (IMC). “Buyers are guaranteed to find a new must-have source in this curated collection of innovative companies.” SALON first-time exhibitors for spring include: Alicia Adams Alpaca M 7053 Salon Austin Allen James, formerly Lawrence & Crane, M 7043 Salon Marquette Home M 7052 Salon York Wall Décor M 7042 Salon Carroll by Design G 7044 Salon The Eleanor Rigby Leather Company G 7025 Salon Indo Puri G 7018 Salon Lucas & McKearn, formerly Flambeau, G 7059 Salon Mismatched G 7008 Salon Nancy Price G 6000B Salon Ngala Trading Co. G 7044 Salon Padma’s Plantation G 7048 Salon Returning exhibitors to SALON this Spring include: Dunes & Duchess G 7010 Salon Origen Patagonia Design G 7014 Salon Phylum Design G 6059 Salon While browsing all 60 Exhibitors in SALON, attendees can enjoy free signature cocktails daily from 2-6pm Saturday through Tuesday compliments of IMC-DesignOnHPMkt. For a complete listing of High Point Market exhibitors and showroom locations, visit: and click on “find exhibitors” in the drop-down menu. Spring High Point Market runs from Saturday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 26. Showroom hours are 8am-7pm Saturday-Tuesday; and 8am-5pm on Wednesday. Note: SALON opens one day early on Friday, April 21st. To register: Find accommodations: Take advantage of the free airport shuttle service:; and more,...

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